Editorial: Let your voice be heard today by voting

The first Tuesday in November is here, and with it comes a rite of fall — Election Day.

While there are no state or national races for local voters to decide today, there are still several races that will impact the future of the cities of Cohutta, Dalton, Tunnel Hill and also Murray County.

Polls in those aforementioned cities and in Murray County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re in line at 7 p.m., you will still be allowed to vote. Remember to bring along photo ID as it’s required to cast your ballot.

Early voting was unsurprisingly light in those three Whitfield County cities (see the story on page 1 for the exact numbers), and we are expecting a low turnout today. Please prove us wrong.

Let your voice be heard by getting out and voting. We understand this is a busy time of year with ball games and other after-school activities. With the holidays approaching, voting in municipal elections might not be on the top of our minds.

There is no rain in the forecast as the high temperature is expected to reach in the low 60s. Sounds like perfect voting weather to us.

Among the contested races, the marquee race is for the City of Dalton’s mayorship as current mayor Dennis Mock and former mayor David Pennington face off.

In the sole uncontested Dalton Board of Education race, incumbent Pablo Perez takes on Sam Sanders for that seat. (Note to voters: David Blackburn’s name will be on the ballot in that race; however, he withdrew after the voting database and cards had been made.)

There are also contested races in Cohutta and Varnell.

Murray County voters will decide on a five-year Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST). If approved, the 1% tax would generate about $23.5 million. Murray County and the cities of Chatsworth and Eton plan to use the money to resurface streets and roads.

We urge you to take a few minutes out of your day and vote.

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